There are different types of dental emergencies, and all of them can be very unpleasant. From severe toothache, to bleeding gums, you may not be aware of the help that you can receive from an emergency dentist. When you can’t reach your usual dentist because it is out of their usual office hours, this is when you need to consult a dentist who works all hours of the day. If you need clarification on exactly when you may need an emergency appointment, we have compiled a list for you to refer to.
Gum inflammation and soreness
If your gums are sore and inflamed and you have a pre-existing condition such as gingivitis, you may be used to sore gums; however you shouldn’t always leave it to chance. Pain can appear at any time and if you have any other symptoms such as neuralgia, you should consider visiting an emergency dentist.
Ulcer or tooth abscess
If you have noticed an abscess in your mouth that is stubborn and not responding to painkillers, you may need antibiotics. You may notice redness, pus oozing from it and it may be incredibly painful. In this case, you may need antibiotics and a temporary antiseptic dressing. If it is left, abscesses can turn into nastier infections.
Tooth loss/dental trauma
The affected person should see a dentist as soon as possible to maximize their chances of seeing the tooth reimplanted if the tooth comes out of its socket. If the tooth is loose and painful, and this has occurred through a type of injury or biting down on something hard, you must consult an emergency dentist. This way, you can have it assessed and cleaned thoroughly by your dentist.
Facial/ jaw swelling
If you have facial swelling that is not accompanied by any other symptoms, it may be that you have some type of inflammation or possibly even an issue with your wisdom teeth (if you have any). In the majority of cases, the swelling is due to a tooth or gum abscess but it can be other things too which is why it is best to not leave things to chance.
Crown or bridge displacement
If you feel something has become loose or dislodged, then you must consult a professional. If you feel that there is any pain or discomfort, it is best to have it fully assessed.
If you are used to your gums bleeding from gum disease, then this may not be a huge shock; however if you find the bleeding is becoming excessive and is accompanied with pain, it is important to have it checked out. Furthermore, if you have recently had a tooth removed within the past forty eight hours and the bleeding is not subsiding, you should also consult your emergency dentist immediately to ensure the problem can be taken care of.